Safer? A veteran perspective on Trump’s border wall

Safer? A veteran perspective on Trump’s border wall

Six days into his presidency, President Trump ordered construction of the border wall that he so often referenced during his campaign. His stated purp...

February 17th, 2017 |  


Isn’t it ironic? The Medicaid blockade prevents health aides from getting health coverage

Isn’t it ironic? The Medicaid blockade prevents health aides from getting health coverage

Obtaining health coverage can be enormously difficult for childless North Carolinians of modest income. In North Carolina, they are not eligible for M...

February 17th, 2017 |  


A permanent majority? Don’t count on it.

A permanent majority? Don’t count on it.

Back in 2004, after George W. Bush won his second term, Karl Rove declared that Republicans were on the brink of permanent majority. Two years later, ...

February 16th, 2017 |  


Fiscal uncertainty hurts state economy

Fiscal uncertainty hurts state economy

RALEIGH — Do governors and state legislators really have much to do with the performance of state economies? If governors and state legislators ...

February 15th, 2017 |  


Do Americans want to buy ‘smart’ guns?

Do Americans want to buy ‘smart’ guns?

Recently legislators and special interest groups have pushed for greater availability of “smart” guns as a safety and crime-reduction tool...

February 14th, 2017 |  


Obstructionism ushered in Trump

Obstructionism ushered in Trump

Republicans are finding that repealing Obamacare is more difficult than they expected. Now, they’re starting to talk about “repair” ...

February 13th, 2017 |  


I’m not embarrassed and won’t keep my mouth shut

I’m not embarrassed and won’t keep my mouth shut

Trusted Trump advisor Steve Bannon fired the latest salvo in the war against the news media, calling them the “opposition party,” suggesti...

February 13th, 2017 |  


Letter to the Editor

Is anyone surprised Commissioners Gary Roark and Jeff Rose have never heard of employees providing anonymous feedback to their boss? Multi-source or 3...

February 13th, 2017 |  


Wimpy Politicians Create Fiscal Mess

Wimpy Politicians Create Fiscal Mess

RALEIGH — Other than Dale Folwell, North Carolina’s new state treasurer, no state politician made a big campaign issue last fall of the co...

February 13th, 2017 |  


Mobilizing the progressive movement

Mobilizing the progressive movement

In the wake of the stunning women’s marches across the United States and the planet last month, President Donald Trump articulated a thought tha...

February 10th, 2017 updated: February 10th, 2017. |